BMW preparing adaptive automatic transmission that thinks ahead

By KBB.com Editors on April 11, 2011 2:42 PM

Intent on making its "ultimate driving experience" both safer and more efficient in the future, BMW recently presented a new "anticipatory transmission control system" that will be used on its existing eight-speed automatic. Currently in the advanced development stage, this trick adaptive cog changer uses logic that's fully integrated into the car's Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and navigation systems in a way that permits it to select the appropriate gear for any given traction and/or road configuration.

The automaker's next step in traveling down this anticipatory autobahn involves the possibility bringing additional elements like information from various driver-assistance cameras and front/rear radar sensors into the mix. Those inputs would allow for even more precise responses to an even broader range of subtle variations that a driver may encounter out in the real world.

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